BBC Ransomware is a malicious application and has nothing to do with the BBC, which is also known as the British Broadcasting Corporation. Sometimes hackers choose random names for their created threats, and sometimes they use titles of reputable companies, software, and so on. Thus, if you cannot open, for example, your documents and your files have the .[unique ID].[firstname.lastname@example.org].bbc extension, know that you are dealing with hackers who might have managed to trick you into launching the ransomware. If you want to know more about how the malware works or how it could be spread, we advise reading the rest of our report. Also, we can offer our removal instructions that show how you could erase BBC Ransomware manually. The task could be challenging, and we cannot guarantee that our instructions will work for everyone, which is why we recommend deleting this threat with a reliable antimalware tool.
As mentioned earlier, users could be tricked into launching the malware. For instance, they could receive emails with malicious attachments that would say they need to open the received file, or something bad will happen. Also, hackers could send emails that might make users feel curious, for example, they could say that the use is in the attached photo or that the attached document contains his sensitive data. Thus, you have to be attentive and question every email that comes from an unknown sender or contains suspicious messages and files that you did not expect to receive. That is if you want to stay away from threats like BBC Ransomware. Moreover, our researchers say that such malware could be distributed through malicious installers and other data that could be downloaded from unreliable sources like file-sharing websites, pop-ups, and ads. Therefore, we advise scanning files that you receive from the Internet with a reliable antimalware tool before opening them. A scan could reveal if a file has any harmful components.
If BBC Ransomware appears on a system, the malware should start encrypting targeted files. Our specialists say that the malware encrypts data only in the %USERPROFILE%, %APPDATA%, %HOMEDRIVE%, and %PROGRAMFILES% directories. Thus, compared to ransomware applications that encrypt files in almost all directories except the ones belonging to the operating system or other programs, this threat does not seem so harmful. Of course, if you keep your most valuable files in the mentioned folders or their subfolders, the malware could cause you a lot of trouble. Especially, if you do not back up your files and cannot replace encrypted files. As you see, the data that gets encrypted becomes locked with a strong encryption algorithm, and it can only be unlocked with a unique decryption key and decryption software. Unfortunately, only BBC Ransomware’s creators may have the mentioned tools, and they want to receive a ransom in exchange for them.
The malware’s note that should appear shortly after the encryption process is over ought to explain how to contact hackers, buy Bitcoins, and get a few files decrypted free of charge. Usually, hackers offer to decrypt one or a few unimportant files to prove that they have the needed decryption tools. However, it is crucial to understand that even if they have the promised tools, there are no guarantees that they will deliver them as promised. In short, you could get scammed. Consequently, we advise considering the hackers’ proposal carefully. Lastly, we advise deleting BBC Ransomware because leaving it on your system could still be dangerous. If you want to try to remove it manually, you could follow the instructions located below. The other way to delete BBC Ransomware that could be easier is to scan your system with a reliable antimalware tool that could take care of the ransomware.
Windows 8 and Windows 10
Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7